Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai World Heritage Site

This initiative is one component of the project “Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions from Asia”, co-funded by the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ), and implemented by IUCN. The objective of this project is to enhance the achievement of Aichi Target 11 in Asia, by:

  • Developing, testing and promoting innovative approaches to protected area management;
  • Preparing a Protected Planet-Asia report, as a key tool for measuring the region’s progress towards Aichi Target 11; and by
  • Collating, disseminating and sharing inspiring solutions for effective protected area management from Asia with the rest of the world.

The Aichi Biodiversity Targets are 20 ambitious goals that make up part of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 that was adopted in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. Aichi Target 11 calls for improvements in both the size and quality of protected area systems.

Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai World Heritage Site

In Thailand, this project works in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, with the aim to advance sustainable conservation and management of the five protected areas that form this World Heritage Site, and to share lessons that are relevant to the wider region of Asia.

The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex encompasses some of the most pristine forests and wildlife habitats in Thailand and is globally important for its biodiversity. However, in recent years, this World Heritage Site has come under increasing pressure from illegal logging of Siamese Rosewood – adding to the already existing pressures from development, encroachment, and the lack of proactive management.

IUCN and its member FREELAND have set up an informal network of stakeholders, including government partners such as Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, civil society organizations, local communities and representatives from the private sector to strengthen the protection and law enforcement along the borders of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai World Heritage Site.

Project Activities

Under this project, IUCN together with its partners, will implement the following actions in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex:

  • Foster transboundary collaboration with Cambodia: Situated close to the Thai-Cambodian border, the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex is particularly vulnerable to transboundary poaching networks. IUCN aims to create a forum for cross-boundary dialogue to foster both high-level as well as more localized collaboration between the two neighbouring countries.
  • Celebrate World Ranger Day: This event will be held on 31 July 2014 at the Khao Yai National Park, and will build on the success of the ceremony held in 2013. IUCN Thailand will organize this ceremony together with Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Department of National Parks, and FREELAND. Students, citizens and state officers will be invited to pay tribute to the work that rangers perform, and honorary awards will be given to recognize exceptional conservation endeavours.
  • Community Livelihood Development: The project will work together with local communities to identify and apply innovative approaches for community development, while raising awareness about the value of the forest, and mobilizing support for the protection of the national parks. In particular, the project will promote family forest and farm practices in order to reduce pressures arising from the unchecked use of forest resources. This may include the planting of Rosewood and other high-value timber species, as well as edible tree species, wild fruit, and medicinal plants.
  • Awareness raising: Through the above-mentioned events and activities, the project aims to increase the awareness of the public on the value of protected areas, as well as raise the attention of the media on the issue of illegal logging of Siamese Rosewood.

World Parks Congress

Conserving the earth’s most valuable natural places and promoting nature’s solutions to global challenges is the focus of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 taking place in Sydney, Australia from 12 to 19 November. The world’s 200,000 protected areas, covering over 14% of land and nearly 3% of the oceans, conserve threatened wildlife, boost our food, water and climate security, and help people reconnect with nature. With its theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, the Congress will bring together people from all walks of life to showcase protected areas as the best investment in our planet’s – and our own – future.


Dr Scott Perkin
Head Natural Resources Group, IUCN Asia

Dr Chamniern Paul Vorratnchaiphan
Country Representative, IUCN Thailand

Supranee Kampongsun
Project Field Coordinator

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